Fraternity by Diane Brady
In 1968, a visionary priest recruited 20 black men to the College of the Holy Cross and changed their lives and the course of history.

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The inspiring true story of a group of young men whose lives were changed by a visionary mentor
 
On April 4, 1968, the death of Martin Luther King, Jr., shocked the nation. Later that month, the Reverend John Brooks, a professor of theology at the College of the Holy Cross who shared Dr. King’s dream of an integrated society, drove up and down the East Coast searching for African American high school students to recruit to the school, young men he felt had the potential to succeed if given an opportunity. Among the twenty students he had a hand in recruiting that year were Clarence Thomas, the future Supreme Court justice; Edward P. Jones, who would go on to win a Pulitzer Prize for literature; and Theodore Wells, who would become one of the nation’s most successful defense attorneys. Many of the others went on to become stars in their fields as well.
 
In Fraternity, Diane Brady follows five of the men through their college years. Not only did the future president of Holy Cross convince the young men to attend the school, he also obtained full scholarships to support them, and then mentored, defended, coached, and befriended them through an often challenging four years of college, pushing them to reach for goals that would sustain them as adults.
 
Would these young men have become the leaders they are today without Father Brooks’s involvement? Fraternity is a triumphant testament to the power of education and mentorship, and a compelling argument for the difference one person can make in the lives of others.


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About Diane Brady

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Diane Brady grew up in Scotland and Canada before moving to Nairobi to begin her career as a journalist. She now writes for Bloomberg Businessweek in New York City, where she lives with her husband and three children. This is her first book.
 
Published January 3, 2012 by Spiegel & Grau. 256 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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he insisted that some adaptation was necessary, as the black students “didn’t have the role models in the classroom or the easy comfort of being in the majority.” He argued for extra consideration but not lower standards, encouraging his colleagues to strive “to understand where skin color made a...

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Brooks secured authorization “to seek out black recruits and offer them full scholarships to the College of the Holy Cross.” By September, Holy Cross, in Massachusetts, had 19 black freshmen and one transfer, a remarkable achievement in an institution that “rarely admitted more than two bla...

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Brady weaves together the stories of seven black students and the priest who recruited them, with the most interesting parts of the narrative belonging to a young Clarence Thomas.

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Christian Science Monitor

But for one idealistic Roman Catholic priest – shocked and grieved though he was – it become a moment of opportunity.

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The Boston Globe

Diane Brady’s book, “Fraternity,’’ tells a compelling story about the new recruits who turned out to be a remarkable bunch: a member of the the Miami Dolphins’ undefeated 1972 team, a future Pulitzer Prize winner, a deputy mayor of New York City and a Supreme Court justice.

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Washington Independent Review of Books

Wells argued on behalf of the BSU that the process for charging the participants was racist because the African-American students were “highly identifiable.” When the students faced expulsion, the entire African-American student population of Holy Cross, by then numbering 64, threatened to leave ...

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San Francisco Chronicle

The Black man's history shows that the white woman is the cause of his failure to be the true Black man."

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Boston.com

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas (above right) was among the African-American students recruited in 1968 by Holy Cross and faculty member Father John Brooks (above).

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Bookmarks Magazine

Not only did the future president of Holy Cross convince the young men to attend the school, he also obtained full scholarships to support them, and then mentored, defended, coached, and befriended them through an often challenging four years of college, pushing them to reach for goals that would...

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AARP

Holy Cross College, in Worcester, Mass., was not exactly a bastion of racial tolerance in 1968.

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